The Tokyo Olympics: All You Need to Remember

When the delayed Tokyo Olympics begin in just over five months, it appears that they will be devoid of international spectators.

On Wednesday, the Japanese newspaper Mainichi reported that the decision to ban international fans had been taken. It just referred to anonymous sources who were interested in the talks.

A definitive decision will be taken within the month, according to the statement.

It is difficult to rope in international fans in the current situation, according to the publication, which cited an unidentified government source.

The report was released just an hour before Tokyo organisers conducted online five-party talks with the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and Japan’s central government.

Fans were said to be a big part of the conversation, and IOC President Thomas Bach pointed at some tough decisions ahead of the conference.

Before the meeting started without reporters present, Bach said, “We will concentrate on the basics.” That primarily refers to competitions. This should be the primary emphasis. We can need to set one or more priorities in this regard.”undefined

On July 23, the Olympics will begin. With the games being held amid a pandemic, the absence of international fans was almost a foregone conclusion. The Japanese public has been outspoken in their opposition to the match, with one stumbling point being the danger faced by foreign tourists. The other factor has been rising costs.

There will be 11,000 Olympic athletes and 4,400 Paralympians competing in the events, as well as tens of thousands of referees, judges, supporters, journalists, and VIPs. Bach expressed his delight at the growing number of national Olympic committees vaccinating athletes. The IOC stated that vaccines are encouraged but not needed.

Bach expressed the expectation that as many participants as possible would arrive in Tokyo vaccinated.

“I can tell you that a significant number of national Olympic committees have already secured this pre-Tokyo vaccine,” Bach said.

It would be expensive to have no fans. Ticket purchases are expected to bring in $800 million for the organising committee. Japanese government departments would have to make up the difference.

It’s still unclear how many local fans may be admitted into stadiums, and quotas can vary based on whether the event is held indoors or outdoors.

Bach expressed the expectation that as many participants as possible would arrive in Tokyo vaccinated.

“I can tell you that a significant number of national Olympic committees have already secured this pre-Tokyo vaccine,” Bach said.

It would be expensive to have no fans. Ticket purchases are expected to bring in $800 million for the organising committee. Japanese government departments would have to make up the difference.

It’s still unclear how many local fans may be admitted into stadiums, and quotas can vary based on whether the event is held indoors or outdoors.

They are the most costly Olympic Games ever. Officially, the cost is $15.4 billion, although two federal audits indicate that it may be almost twice as much.

On Tuesday, Seiko Hashimoto, the incoming president of the organising committee, warned of the challenges that lie ahead.

The most difficult obstacles, she said, are COVID-19 countermeasures. Nobody knows how it will turn out this summer.

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